This is the first of two linked courses required to graduate with honours in Law. In this course you will further prepare and develop your knowledge and capability in research skills, methods and ethics. Specifically, in consultation with your academic supervisor, you will formulate and clarify a research topic including research planning, generating research questions, ethical considerations, search techniques and methodology. The aim of which is to prepare you for the writing and submission of your Law Honours Thesis in semester two (LAW441).
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Workshops – 2 hours in weeks 1-3||2hrs||Week 1||3 times|
|Independent Study/Research – Students continue independent study on their Honours Thesis, meeting with their supervisory team as required throughout the semester.||2hrs||Week 2||10 times|
This course provides an introduction to the Honours program and equips students with skills and techniques to tackle the development and delivery of a research project. This includes tips surrounding the development of research proposals and plans – particularly highlighting the importance of research questions and methodologies – as well as managing the student-supervisor relationship. This course intends to foster connections between Honours students, and provide some tools for success.
400 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Design a research project and develop a management plan||Engaged|
|2||Assess the ethical obligations of researchers.||Ethical|
|3||Identify and apply appropriate research methods to address complex legal research issues||Empowered|
|4||Demonstrate advanced learning and understanding in an area of law.||Knowledgeable|
|5||Critically review, analyse and synthesise knowledge.||Creative and critical thinker|
|6||Exercise critical thinking and judgment to generate appropriate responses to complex legal issues.||Creative and critical thinker|
|7||Work independently and make use of feedback to support your professional and/or academic development||Empowered|
|8||Communicate effectively in writing and orally to a professional and/or academic audience||Empowered|
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Enrolled in Law Honours Program with 8 courses to complete and permission required for enrolment. Students will normally have a GPA of 5.75 in LAW-coded courses but can apply if they have a GPA of at least 5.5. If students have a GPA of between 5.5 and 5.74, they must apply to the Law Honours Coordinator for entry to the honours program. Students will need to attach a statement of up to 250 words to their application, outlining their ability to successfully complete an honours research project, based upon demonstrated ability in academic writing (or other evidence of high-level research and writing). The Law Honours Coordinator, in consultation with the Head of School, will also consider the capacity of academic staff to supervise the project. Please contact the Course Coordinator
Limited Grading (PNP)
Students receive ongoing early feedback from assigned supervisors, with the usual expectation of weekly or bi-weekly meetings for this purpose. Additionally, students are able to receive feedback early on their research plans and progress when they attend the 2-hour seminars on research and research methods in the first three weeks of semester.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 4||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 11||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 13||In Class|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Research Plan|
The goal of the Research Plan is to enable you to develop project planning skills that will lead to timely completion of your Honours Thesis in second semester. The Research Plan will plot the aims, methods and milestones of the Honours research paper, presentation and thesis. The Research Plan will include: (i) an overview of current knowledge of the topic and a statement/s about the research questions and aims of the research; (ii) details about the research methodology and, if applicable, ethics consideration and approval; and (iii) realistic milestones indicating content, activities and research to be undertaken in preparation for Assessment Task 2 and 3, as well as LAW441 Honours Thesis. The Research Plan is a dynamic document that you will review and revise with your supervisors throughout your Honours project.
This is an individual assignment, no more than 1500 words.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Research Paper|
The goal of the Research Paper is to present clear and coherent knowledge of an area of law. More specifically, you are expected to present a reasoned and substantiated argument that critically analyses and consolidates legal knowledge and ideas. In doing so you will exhibit the significance and originality of content and argument of your Honours Thesis.
This is an individual assignment, in total no more than 4,000 words.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Research Presentation (oral)|
The Research Presentation is how the School assesses your progress and determines whether the research project, as set out in the presentation and Research Paper (Task 2), is clearly defined, coherent and feasible. You will be assessed on your demonstration of a broad understanding of a specific area or law and context, as well as the design and use of research method/s. The Research Presentation will also enable the School and you to assess whether the project is suitably designed for successful completion in LAW441: Law Honours Thesis.
15-minute presentation to your Honours student peers and supervisors, based on Assessment Task 2. The presentation will clearly articulate the research question/s and aim/s. You will concisely and clearly describe the research methodology and analysis, and detail the work already completed, and how this will be developed in LAW441.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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